Originally the fine was $260 and my court date was scheduled for after the move. The officer told me I could just show up at the courthouse to see what options I had, so in true Holman fashion, I prepared a lengthy letter detailing the cause of the ticket (to sum up, I was stressed out and momentarily confused at a confusing intersection, thinking I was caught in a classic Portlandia-overly-polite-driver moment and the other cars were all waiting for me to go - but yeah, I was 100% guilty). Thankfully the clerk was able to reduce it on the spot!
And it's a good thing because, holy cow, moving overseas is expensive!
We've been shopping like maniacs for all kinds of stuff, which has been quite the shock to the minimalist system. We just know everything's going to be expensive in Luxembourg, and we have this gigantic sea container that we might as well fill with stuff we know we're going to need. Combine that with the fact that all four of us could use some basics like socks, underwear, shoes, and clothes because we tend to avoid "shopping" as a general rule, and we are just bleeding money right now.
Oh, and in Luxembourg it's standard that to secure your apartment you need, in Euro-cash, the following:
1st month's rent and utilities
3 months rent in security deposit
1 month rent in real estate agent fees
Once we get to Luxembourg, we're going to need to buy new appliances, lamps, basically everything that plugs in.
Pete's first paycheck in July will be a day of great celebration and rejoicing.
But in other much less whiny news:
Daphne learned to ride her bike sans training wheels this past week. Not to be outdone by his big sister, 4-1/2 year old James learned two days later.
|Pretty darn proud of himself|
|James at front/right|
|Daphne made a sign to hold up during the program, it says "Go James!"|
|Nana and Granddad made it|
|Predindr = president. She's pretty much got me pegged, I'd say.|